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Marcus Asner – Arnold and Porter – USA

This video sees Mr Marcus Asner who continues to talk to us about the extent of fish crime.

Mr Marcus Asner was a federal prosecutor and at the symposium of Cape Town in 2015 spoke to us about the Lacey act. The Lacey Act of 1900 in a nutshell is a conservation law in the United States that prohibits trade in wildlife, fish, and plants that have been illegally taken, possessed, transported, or sold.

When the Lacey Act was passed in 1900, it became the first federal law protecting wildlife. It enforces civil and criminal penalties for the illegal trade of animals and plants. Today it regulates the import of any species protected by international or domestic law and prevents the spread of invasive, or non-native, species.

With his wealth of experience in the legal field Mr Marcus Asner believes the Lacey Act is really the envy of the world. He believes it is the only example of a real step to prosecute instances where people take advantage of border laws and harvested crops in one area to sell or profit from in another.  In other words it is a very effective intangible controlling device to prevent and tackle fish crime.

For a more detailed look at the Lacey act visit the links below. Moreover to see more about the legal history of Marcus Asner then visit the link below.

 

Links: https://mg.co.za/article/2016-05-19-00-sa-at-sea-over-illegal-fishing-in-its-waters , http://www.fishcrime.info/speakers-chairs/marcus-asner/ ,

 

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